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Sep 19, 2018 Adam Trionfo
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Lace Curtain by Fred Cornett appeared as a Bally BASIC program in the Cursor newsletter in March 1980 on page 21.  This program will also run in "AstroBASIC," but there is some screen corruption on the screen. This program puts up four colors at the same time. By changing the values using of the ports using POKE command then you can get five colors.  This program accompanied a short article called "Screen Format Output Ports."  It begins "If you wish to put more than...
Topics: Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade, Video Art, Video...
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Sep 15, 2018 Adam Trionfo
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Chicago Loop by Mike Peace appeared first as a Bally BASIC program in the Cursor newsletter in March 1980 on page 21.  This program was slightly revised and re-printed in 1981 for "AstroBASIC" in the on page 88 of the "AstroBASIC" Manual This program incorporates the use of three loops to provide a unique display of graphics looking very much like a city on a lake, complete with reflections, traffic and sound effects. 0:00 - Chicago Loop Titles 0:05 - Overview of Chicago...
Topics: Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade, Video Art, Video...
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Sep 13, 2018 Adam Trionfo and Chris++
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"Planet Mongo!" is an "AstroBASIC" game written by Fred Rodney.  It was submitted to the Bally Arcade/Astrocade "Arcadian" newsletter in 1984.  Unlike other programs by Rodney, this game was never published.  This "Planet Mongo!" review is by BallyAlley and Chris++. Planet Mongo has a nuclear waste disposal problem.  You must protect your planet from an orbiting satellite.  Orbit movement is random but curves are smooth and movement can be...
Topics: Planet Mongo!, Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade,...
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Sep 12, 2018 Adam Trionfo
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This is a general overview if the game Treasures of Cathy by John Collins.  It was released in 1982 for "AstroBASIC."  During the twenty minutes of, gameplay various areas of the game are explored while collecting items and treasures. This adventure-style game has 49 locations with 18 treasures. You can only carry six treasures/items at a time. Each treasure gives additional points. Each move subtracts one point. Try for a score greater than 1,000 points. There are four keywords:...
Topics: Bally BASIC, AstroBASIC, John Collins, Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library...
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Aug 16, 2018 Adam Trionfo
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"Ring" by Albert Paul appeared in the Astrocade newsletter CURSOR, 1, no. 4 (April/May 1980): 31. Many thanks to Albert Paul of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada for the following program.  Note: to make the ring sticker or thinner, change the value of "N" (line 2).  To make the ring larger or smaller, change the value of "M" (line 20). "M" must always be larger than "N." The BALLY BASIC and "AstroBASIC" versions of RING were typed in from...
Topics: Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade, Video Art, Video...
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Aug 16, 2018 Adam Trionfo
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"Arcadian Logo" by Guy McLimore from Arcadian 2, no. 1 (Nov. 29, 1979): 3.  This video art program is written in Bally BASIC. Here are is a brief overview of this program from the Arcadian: "Logo shown at the head of page one is based on an idea by Guy McLimore, and embellished by myself. If you'd like to see it in action (literally) and in living color, the program is included." 0:00 - Overview of Arcadian Logo 2:51 - Arcadian Logo Running 3:26 - BASIC Listing 3:50 - End...
Topics: Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade, Video Art, Video...
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Machine Language Manager ( MLM ) is a 2KB cartridge written by Andy Guevara in 1981 for the Bally Arcade/Astrocade.  It was released by The Bit Fiddlers in late 1981/early 1982. In this this 30 minute video, I show you how to use the MLM cartridge with the Astrocade emulator included with MAME .  I guide you through the general steps of getting and installing MAME for use with the Astrocade.  Since the MLM makes heavy use of the 24-key keypad, I show you how to create your own 24-key keypad...
Topics: Machine Language Manager, Z80 Programming, Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home...
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Machine Language Manager ( MLM ) is a 2KB cartridge written by Andy Guevara in 1981 for the Bally Arcade/Astrocade.  It was released by The Bit Fiddlers in late 1981/early 1982. This 44:04 minute video shows five example programs for use with the Machine Language Manager cartridge, a machine language monitor that allows direct access to programming the Z80 CPU.  This cartridge does not require extra memory to use it, but it can take advantage of extra RAM if it is available. The five machine...
Topics: Machine Language Manager, Z80 Programming, Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home...
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Machine Language Manager (MLM) is a 2KB cartridge written by Andy Guevara in 1981 for the Bally Arcade/Astrocade.  It was released by The Bit Fiddlers in late 1981/early 1982. This video explains how to use the Machine Language Manager cartridge, a machine language monitor that allows direct access to programming the Z80 CPU.  This cartridge does not require extra memory to use it, but it can take advantage of extra RAM if it is available. "The Bally/Astrocade Game Cartridge and Hardware...
Topics: Machine Language Manager, Z80 Programming, Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home...
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Machine Language Manager ( MLM ) is a 2KB cartridge written by Andy Guevara in 1981 for the Bally Arcade/Astrocade.  It was released by The Bit Fiddlers in late 1981/early 1982. This video overview summarizes the Machine Language Manager cartridge.  This program is a machine language monitor which allows direct access to programming the Z80 CPU.  This cartridge does not require extra memory to use it, but it can take advantage of extra RAM if it is available. "The Bally/Astrocade Game...
Topics: Machine Language Manager, Z80 Programming, Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home...
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Self-Portrait: A Graphics Demo by Guy McLimore, Jr.  Written April 10, 1979.  This program was typed from a hand-written BASIC listing from an unpublished ARCADIAN submission. This program draws a simple Bally Arcade unit. This is a 2000 baud BASIC program for use with a Bally Astrocade and "AstroBASIC." The video is split into four main parts: 0:00 - Narration and overview of Self-Portrait 0:50 - Self-Portrait (Program Running) 1:15 - Self-Portrait (BASIC Listing) 1:44 - End...
Topics: Self Portrait, Graphics Demo, Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer,...
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Jun 18, 2018 Adam Trionfo
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I was browsing random issues of Creative Computing this on June 7, 2018 when I came across a game that I had never heard of before today: Bally Artillery by John W. Rhodes.  This game isn't to be confused with Artillery Duel by John Perkins.  Both have the same idea, but they are completely different programs. Even though this game was published in August 1982, the author seems to imply in his write-up that it was written in late 1978 or early 1979, shortly after he got his Bally Arcade. ...
Topics: Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade, Cassette Tape,...
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May 23, 2018 Adam Trionfo
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The Blue Ram Operating Guide by Ken Lill is a Blue Ram BASIC tutorial written for the Bally Arcade/ Astrocade in 1984. The Blue Ram Operating Guide loads using the Perkins Engineering Blue Ram RAM expansion for the Bally Arcade/Astrocade.  The "Guide" is an interactive tutorial which starts out explaining the operation of the Blue Ram hardware-- how to connect it to the Astrocade, what the switches do, and more.  This includes some images and animations.  The later sections are...
Topics: Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade, Cassette Tape, RAM...
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The Blue Ram expansion was created by Perkins Engineering.  It was first released in 1980 as a 4KB RAM expansion for the Bally Arcade/Astrocade.  The Blue Ram was originally meant as a stop-gap upgrade until Bally released the add-under (AKA the ZGRASS) keyboard/upgrade.  When the add-under was never released, the Blue Ram became one of three available RAM upgrades for the Astrocade.   Here is some additional information about the Blue Ram from the "Bally/Astrocade Game Cartridge and...
Topics: Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade, Cassette Tape, RAM...
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Apr 23, 2018 Charles Taylor
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The Bally Shrine was a web site run by Charles Taylor in the mid-to-late 1990s.  Along with Lance Squire's Bally / Astrocade FAQ, The Bally Shrine is the first Astrocade-related website that I ever saw.  It is quite difficult to find any references to this website.  The website has been gone since the early 2000s. This is a three-page print out of The Astrocade Sale/Trade web page.  This document is part of the Bob Fabris Collection.  Of course, all of these items that are listed for sale...
Topics: The Bally Shrine, Charles Taylor, The Astro Sale-Trade Page, Print Out, Bally Arcade, Astrocade,...
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Jan 24, 2018 UA Ltd. and Emerson Radio Corp.
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This archive includes scans of the box, manual, and cartridge for the 4KB game Alien Invaders for the 1982 Arcadia 2001 game console.  Alien Invaders (cart #8) is similar to Taito's Space Invaders (released in America by Midway). Here are the game's details from the back of the box: One Player Game (Uses Left Side Controller) Object is to destroy invaders descending on your cityYou have 6 missiles and 5 minutes to play Game speeds up as time goes on You can fire from left or right side...
Topics: Emerson Arcadia 2001, MPT-03, Video Game console, Signetics 2650 CPU, Alien Invaders, Space...
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Jan 7, 2018 UA Ltd. and Emerson Radio Corp.
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This archive includes scans of the box, manual, overlays and cartridge for the game Space Vultures for the 1982 Arcadia 2001 game console.  Space Vultures is based on Taito's 1980 space-themed arcade game Phoenix (released in America by Centuri). Here are the game's details from the back of the box: One Player Game (Uses left side controller) An army of vultures is descending on your planet Shoot them in rapid fire before they get you Watch out for the missiles they are dropping Use the...
Topics: Space Vultures, Arcadia 2001, Clone, Emerson, UA Ltd., 1982, MPT-03, Video Game console, Signetics...
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Dec 5, 2017 UA Ltd. and Emerson Radio Corp.
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This archive includes scans of the box, manual, overlays and cartridge for the game Brain Quiz for the 1982 Arcadia 2001 game console.  Brain Quiz includes three games: Mindbreaker (Mastermind), Maxit , and Hangman . Here are the game's details from the back of the box: One or Two Player Game Two controller overlays guide player.  3 games in 1. Game 1: Mindbreaker Your opponent puts 5 numbers into the computer and you must guess the numbers and the sequence.  This is "brain...
Topics: Brain Quiz, Arcadia 2001, Clone, Emerson, UA Ltd., 1982, MPT-03, Video Game console, Signetics 2650...
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Nov 7, 2017 GiG Electronics / U.A. Limited. / Licensed by Tehkan International Corporation.
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This archive includes scans of the box, manual, two overlays and cartridge for the 1983 game Funky Fish (cartridge No. 23) released for the Italian GiG Electronics Leonardo game system, part of the Arcadia console family.  The scans are in PNG format.  The manual has also been converted into a greyscale pdf file that has been OCRed. Funky Fish is a port of the 1981 arcade game Funky Fish by Sun Electronics.  Funky Fish was also supposed to be released for the Emerson Arcadia 2001 game system...
Topics: Emerson Arcadia 2001, Funky Fish, Italy, Italian, GiG Electronics, Leonardo, Game Console, UA...
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Aug 23, 2017 Rabbit Computer
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This flyer was handed out to Bob Fabris at, I think, the Summer CES show in June of 1983.  Bob was the the editor of the Arcadian newsletter (for the Bally Arcade/Astrocade) in 1983.  He was extremely interested in the Rabbit RX83, as he felt he could provide software for this quite-limited machine. Like the Astrocade, which had 1.8K available to BASIC, the Rabbit RX83 shipped with just 2KB of RAM.  In fact, Robert was working out a deal in which programs that had been previously written for...
Topics: Rabbit Computer, RX83, Bally Arcade, Astrocade, Bob Fabris, Hong Kong, GEM 1000, CCE MC-1000
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Here is some of the material that you'll find inside the 16-page document. Private Screenings The GAMES Guide to Home Video Games By Phil Wiswell (GAMES magazine, December 1982) On any given night, it is conceivable that more TV sets are tuned to Pac-Man than to Dan Rather. Despite the fuss from some fronts, video games are here to stay. After all, how can a game of gin rummy compete with saving the earth from an alien attack? Though equally turned on to arcade and home video games, we find...
Topics: GAMES magazine, Gaming Guide, Phil Wiswell, December 1982, Astrocade, Atari Video Computer System,...
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Aug 23, 2017 Montgomery Ward
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This is one page of a Montgomery Ward Sunday sales flyer from October 1982 that features the Astrocade for sale for $239.97 (Reg. 249.99). Here is what the ad says about the Astrocade: "More than a home video game machine with 3 built-in games, two hand controls, "state of the art" graphics and memory. Comes with BASIC cartridge that upgrades unit to personal computer. Cartridges shown with unit not included."
Topics: Astrocade, Bally Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Bally Professional Arcade, Montgomery Ward,...
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Aug 23, 2017 Back Stage
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This is an advertisement for the Datamax UV-1R computer. This is the text from the ad: Back Stage, Page 16, December 3, 1982 MAX* PERFORMS MAGIC Meet Miller's Wizard of Computer Graphics *THE DATAMAX UV-1R ZGRASS GRAPHICS SYSTEM MAX creates computer graphics and real time animation for your video productions at an affordable price (the system starts at $11,000). Once you begin to understand MAX's language (Zgrass), then the magic starts... Zgrass, respected as the best language for video...
Topics: Astrocade, Bally Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Bally Professional Arcade, ZGRASS UV-1,...
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May 18, 2017
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This archive includes scans of the box, manual, and overlays for the two-player, simultaneous game Baseball for the Intelligent Game MPT-03 game console.  This game system is part of the Emerson Arcadia 2001 console family.  Baseball was released for the Emerson Arcadia 2001 in 1982, although I'm not sure when it was released for the MPT-03.  Baseball is game MG-305.  This is the Spanish version of the manual (part # 88-05201-65 Spanish). The 2007 book Classic Home Video Games, 1972-1984: A...
Topics: Baseball, Intelligent Game, MPT-03, Emerson Arcadian 2001, Spanish
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This archive includes scans of the box, manual, and overlays for the game American Football for the Home Entertainment Centre MPT-03 game console.  This game system is part of the Emerson Arcadia 2001 console family.  American Football was released for the Emerson Arcadia 2001 in 1982, although I'm not sure when it was released for the MPT-03. The Arcadia 2001 and MPT-03 manuals are certainly not strangers to typos, poor grammar, and "Engrish."  As an example, this manual uses some...
Topics: Home Entertainment Centre, MPT-03, Emerson Arcadia 2001, American Football
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May 16, 2017
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This archive includes scans of the box, manual, overlays and cartridge for the game Tanks A Lot for the 1982 Arcadia 2001 game console.  Here is the object of the game, taken directly from the manual: 1. Destroy enemy tanks with your BAZOOKA MAN before they destroy him or your COMMANDING BASE VEHICLE. You have only 4 BAZOOKA MEN, so preserve them with care. 2. There are two types of tanks: A. BLUE TANK will track down and attack your COMMANDING BASE VEHICLE after the first few minutes of game...
Topics: Tanks A Lot, Emerson Arcadian 2001, Maze Shooter, Multi Directional Shoot 'em up, UA Limited
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May 11, 2017
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This archive includes scans of the box, manual, overlays and cartridge for the game Space Raiders for the 1982 Arcadia 2001 game console. This game seems to have been inspired by Williams 1981 arcade game, Defender .  Unlike many Arcadia 2001 games, Space Raiders doesn't seem to be a direct copy of that game, but there are many similarities.  Space Raiders takes place in space, but the box-art shows jets and helicopters, which don't seem to be in the game. Here are the game's details from the...
Topics: Space Raiders, Arcadia 2001, Defender, Clone, Emerson
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May 10, 2017
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This archive includes scans of the box, manual, overlay and cartridge for the game Space Mission for the 1982 Arcadia 2001 game console. In this timed game, you have two minutes to build a space station from four pieces that are floating around in space. Here are the game's details from the back of the box: Space Mission Video Game Cartridge For Use Only with the Arcadia-2001 by Emerson One player game (Uses left side controller) One controller overlay guides play Object is to assemble a...
Topics: Space Mission, Emerson, Arcadia 2001, Space Game
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May 9, 2017
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This archive includes scans of the box, manual, on page supplementary instructions (which seem to replace the overlays in this game) and cartridge for the game Space Attack for the 1982 Arcadia 2001 game console.  Space Attack is a clone of the 1979 arcade game Galaxian by Namco. Here are the game's details from the back of the Arcadia 2001 box: Space Attack Video Game Cartridge For use only with the Arcadia-2001 by Emerson One player game (Uses Right Side Controller) Try your evasive action...
Topics: Space Attack, Emerson, Arcadia 2001, Galaxian, Namco, Midway, Clone
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May 6, 2017
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This archive includes scans of the box, manual, overlays and cartridge for the game Escape for the 1982 Arcadia 2001 game console.  Escape is a clone of the 1980 Arcade game Berzerk by Stern Electronics. Here are the game's details from the back of the Arcadia 2001 box: Escape Video Game Cartridge For use only with the Arcadia-2001 by Emerson One Player Game (Uses Left Side Controller) You are caught in a maze and must get out before "they" get you Watch out for the...
Topics: Escape, Arcadia 2001, Bezerk, 1980, Clone, Stern Electronics
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May 4, 2017
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This archive includes scans of the box, manual, overlays and cartridge for the game Cat Trax for the 1982 Arcadia 2001 game console.  In Cat Trax , three dogs chase a cat around a maze.  In this game, you have the ability to somewhat control the maze by opening and closing gates using the keypad on the Arcadia's controller.  You can also turn the tables on the dog by turning into a dogcatcher. Here are the game's details from the back of the box: Cat Trax Video Game Cartridge For Use Only...
Topics: Emerson Arcadian 2001, Cat Trax, Pac-Man clone, maze game
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May 2, 2017
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This archive includes scans of the box, manual, overlays and cartridge for the game Capture for the 1982 Arcadia 2001 game console.  Capture is the game of Reversi, also known as Othello.  Here are the game's details from the back of the box: Capture Video Game Cartridge For Use Only with the Arcadia-2001 By EmersonOne or two player game Two controller overlays guide players Try to beat the computer or play against an opponent You can also set the game to "play against the clock” You...
Topics: Arcadia 2001, Capture, Reversi, Othello
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May 1, 2017 Emerson Radio
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This archive includes the Arcadia-2001 Owner's Manual by Emerson, a warranty sheet and a one-page order form for fourteen Arcadia 2001 cartridges at discount prices ($9.95 each). Here is a short description of the system from page four of the Owner's Manual: Emerson Arcadia 2001 Owner's Manual Model No. ADV-1 Introduction Welcome to the wonderful world of the micro-computer EMERSON ARCADIA-2001. This micro-computer will bring you endless hours of fun at home with additional cartridges available...
Topics: Emerson Arcadia 2001, MPT-03, Game Console
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Apr 29, 2017
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MPT-03 Master Console User Manual (Spanish) The MPT-03 console is part of the "Arcadia 2001 console group," which is a misnomer for a group of consoles that are based around the Signetics 2650 CPU and 2637 UVI (Universal Video Interface).  This manual is in Spanish.  I used Google Translate to make a rough translation of the first page of the manual: The system you just bought is one of the most expensive home viewing equipment. It consists of the Master Console MPT-03 and a number...
Topics: MPT-03 Master Console, Arcadian 2001, Owner's Manual
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Apr 27, 2017
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Baseball for the Emerson Arcadia 2001. Released in 1982.  This archive includes 300dpi scans of the box, manual, overlay and warranty sheet for Baseball.  The files in this archive are: 1) Baseball (1982)(Manual)(Emerson Arcadia 2001).pdf - An OCR'ed document of the 8-page manual. 2) Baseball manual scans in grayscale: 2-1) Baseball (Emerson Arcadia 2001)(Manual_01 - Front Cover).png 2-2) Baseball (Emerson Arcadia 2001)(Manual_02).png 2-3) Baseball (Emerson Arcadia 2001)(Manual_03).png 2-4)...
Topics: Baseball, Scans, Arcadia 2001, UA Ltd., 1982, Game Console, Manuals, Cartridge
The ARCHIVE.ORG Manual Library
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Software and Hardware for the Bally Arcade - A Technical Description (unofficially, but commonly, called the "Nutting Manual") - Describes the Bally Home Video-Game System. The description begins with a discussion of the major sub-sections of the system. Following this, each sub-section is presented in greater detail. The particulars include sequence-calling and resource use. The major sub-sections of the system are: The User Program Interface - Allows cartridges to reference the...
Topics: 1978, Bally Arcade, Astrocade, Machine Language Programming, Rom Routines